by Grand Forks Herald
October 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm in Grand Forks Herald
It was a rare day Wednesday for this dry year at the Grand Forks International Airport: a record amount of rain fell for the date. Continue Reading
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Why does the National Weather Service (NWS) and the media report the Grand Forks airport weather as the primary reporting station for Grand Forks when records are also kept right in the city also by the NWS? It makes no sense. Records have been kept in the city for roughly 70 more years, the report would more accurately reflect conditions in Grand Forks where everybody lives rather than 5 miles west of town. The NWS regional office is located right in Grand Forks! I just don’t get it.
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This is done because hourly observations are taken at the airport to support the aviation operations (which also has the instruments to report cloud heights, visibility, precipitation type, etc.), whereas the office in town reports daily totals/record amounts such as temperatures and precipitation. Having both locations report hourly obs would duplicate the effort and the NWS in town probably doesn’t have all the aviation instruments to make a standard hourly avition weather observation anyway. So the airport becomes the default location for hourly weather conditions for Grand Forks which is the case in just about every other major city with an active/reporting airport nearby. But you make a good point that there can be differences between town and airport conditions, especially on windy/snowy days….
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